Our Community Partnership and Primary Care Network working together.

We have been working with our colleagues in the community to help increase the amount the prevention and health promotion work we can do by working together for the patients in our community. We are using both of these networks to compliment and support each other in the prevention and environmental agenda’s that can really make a difference to the lives of our patients. Find out more below.

We established a “Community Partnership” in 2018 called WISHH (Windhill Idle & Saltaire Happy and Healthy) based on the model supported by the National Association of Primary care.

Staff come together as a complete care community – drawn from GP surgeries, community, mental health and acute trusts, social care and the voluntary sector –  to focus on local population needs and provide care closer to patients’ homes.

Four key characteristics

There are four key characteristics that make up a primary care home:

  • an integrated workforce, with a strong focus on partnerships spanning primary, secondary and social care;
  • a combined focus on personalisation of care with improvements in population health outcomes;
  • aligned clinical and financial drivers and
  • provision of care to a defined, registered population of between 30,000 and 50,000.

WISHH has already delivered some innovative projects and as we gel as team we plan to do more and more to support our community to become happier and healthier. Find out more here.

Access for CP partners to our intranet

Primary Care Networks were commissioned by the NHS in July 2019 to bring GP Practices closer together on a similar sized population footprint to our Community Partnership. The Saltaire and Windhill Medical Partnership joined Idle Medical Centre to form our “PCN”. Our projects so far include:

  • Piloting a “Pro-Active Care Team” or PACT, that reviews patients identified with mild frailty and reviews their health and care needs as well as mental well being and meets once weekly in a multi-disciplinary team to develop care plans to support any unmet needs.
  • Developing a pharmacy hub with our neighbouring PCN at 5 Lane Ends to help improve our prescribing services and develop the role of clinical pharmacists in our teams.
  • Employed “social prescribers” or “well being workers” into both practices through our partner HALE.
  • Developed in house physiotherapy services for direct booking by patients.
  • Developed drug and alcohol support sessions that are delivered directly through the practice.

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